Culture workers occupy the liminal borderland spaces found within disproportionate levels of creative and social capital, arts and audiences, artists’ economies and political mechanisms. The arts–and those who design, plan, and manage them–take audiences beyond their everyday experiences. They supplement and enrich educational opportunities and political discourse. They offer new perspectives and inspire original questions, thinking, research, and creative work. They push and extend the limits of capability, possibility, and expected outcome. Culture workers delineate the responsibilities, functions, and points of access associated with creative cultural expression in artistic spaces characterized by an embrace of diverse thought, identity, and social formation. They are artists, leaders, and advocates for the arts who guide social, political, and economic responsibilities to make the world more.
MORE activates, enlightens, and strengthens the field.
Desire to make the world more vital through the arts and continuing actions of arts and cultural management, education, advocacy, and policy work are found in this double-issue celebrating 20 years of CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers. Authors from throughout the past 20 years of CultureWork have developed a compendium of concise articles and visual responses to significant 21st century arts and cultural management developments and perspectives associated with the topics of their original essays or artwork. By hearing from multiple, wide-ranging author voices, the journal continues to uphold its democratic core, vitalizing cultural work by being more….
More aesthetic and active as found in Michael Geraci’s considerations of web design, Elizabeth Tanenbaum’s explorations of sustainability practices for public art; and Alice Parman’s outlining of recent trends in museum practice.
CultureWork continues to be a voice for practitioners in the fields of arts, education, policy, and community. I hope each of you finds an insight from these articles that stands out and activates your own work to encompass the vital more of culture work.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you and continuing these conversations through this publication and community engaged events such as the Arts & Cultural Equity forum described below.
Julie Voelker-Morris, Editor
If you haven’t already registered, please join us for an Arts & Cultural Equity forum on May 12 in Portland, Oregon. This event is a celebration of CultureWork’s 20th year as well as activation of more purposeful equity work in arts and cultural organizations. Featured speakers and panelists are joining the forum from Arts Workers for Equity, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Humanities, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council among others. RSVP to this event here. For additional questions or last minute RSVPs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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